Pennsylvania Route 443

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PA Route 443 marker

PA Route 443
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 80 mi[1] (129 km)
Major junctions
West end: SR 3009 (Front Street) in Susquehanna Township
  US 22 / US 322 in Susquehanna Township
I-81 in Pine Grove Township
East end: US 209 in Lehighton
Location
Counties: Dauphin, Lebanon, Schuylkill, Carbon
Highway system
PA 442 PA 445
PA 924 PA-925 (1926).svg PA 926

Pennsylvania Route 443 (PA 443) is an 80-mile-long (130 km) east–west state highway in the US state of Pennsylvania. Unlike other state highways, PA 443 terminates at not a traffic route at its west end, but at Front Street, formerly U.S. Route 22 and U.S. Route 322 and presently Quadrant Route 3009, in the Susquehanna Township hamlet of Fort Hunter near the interchange with modern-day US 22 and US 322. The eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 209 in Lehighton.

Route description[edit]

PA 443 begins as Fishing Creek Valley Road at an intersection with N. Front Street (Quadrant Route 3009) in Susquehanna Township (village of Fort Hunter). PA 443 is one of few Pennsylvania roads that doesn't end at another route. This is the result of N. Front Street no longer having the US 22/US 322 designation. (Coincidentally, two other routes in the Harrisburg area also have this occurrence: Pennsylvania Route 39 and Pennsylvania Route 441.) Less than a mile east of Front St, PA 443 interchanges with U.S. Route 22 and U.S. Route 322. PA 443 continues towards the east as a local road without seeing many important junctions for many miles. In East Hanover Township, PA 443 meets Bow Creek Road. Bow Creek Road leads to the Penn National Race Course, Interstate 81 and Pennsylvania Route 743

As PA 443 enters Lebanon County it is called Mountain Road and Clement Avenue. East of Bow Creek Road, PA 443 separates from Clement Avenue which leads to Fort Indiantown Gap. PA 443 turns north as Asher Miner Road. In Union Township, PA 443 is called Moonshine Road. PA 443 passes by Swatara State Park in Union Township.

In Pine Grove Township, PA 443 intersects Interstate 81 at exit 100. West of Pine Grove, PA 443 meets the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 645. In Pine Grove, PA 443 is called Tulpehocken Street and meets the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 895. PA 895 is a detour to Pennsylvania Route 501 and Lancaster. In Pine Grove, PA 443 turns east and meets the southern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 125. PA 443 continues east as Pleasant Valley Road. In Wayne Township, PA 443 is called Long Run Road and intersects Pennsylvania Route 183. In Schuylkill Haven, PA 443 becomes W. Columbia Street then Railroad Streetand Main Street. PA 443 turns toward the north and becomes Dock Street before beginning a duple with Pennsylvania Route 61. When PA 443 is merged with PA 61, PA 61 is a multilaned and divided highway. In North Manheim Township, PA 443 splits from PA 61 and PA 443 continues as W. Market Street. In the town of Orwigsburg, PA 443 turns to the northeast to become Washington Street, Front Street, and Chestnut Street. PA 443 continues as Chestnut Street until it begins a concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 895 in East Brunswick Township. In the town of New Ringgold marks the eastern terminus of the PA 443/PA 895 concurrency and PA 443 becomes Railroad Street because it parallels train tracks to the west. PA 443 continues towards the northeast as Clamtown Road. In West Penn Township, PA 443 has a concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 309.

PA 443 enters Carbon County as Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West. In Lehighton, PA 443 intersects the eastern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 902 and east of PA 902, PA 443 terminates when meeting U.S. Route 209 near a bridge that crosses the Lehigh River.[1]

History[edit]

PA 443 was first signed in 1928. At the time, the western terminus of the route was located at the junction of Jonestown Road (then US 22) and present-day Pennsylvania Route 934 in the East Hanover Township hamlet of Harper Tavern, south of the present junction of US 22 and PA 934. The route followed US 22 east through Ono to West Jonestown, where PA 443 turned north onto the current alignment of Pennsylvania Route 72. PA 443 remained on modern-day PA 72 to the northern terminus of PA 72 east of Green Point, where PA 443 continued east on its current alignment. In 1930, the route was truncated to West Jonestown.

In 1936, PA 443 was removed from the PA 72 alignment, which subsequently became part of PA 72, and extended west along its present alignment.

The stretch of PA 443 between Pennsylvania Route 61 in Cressona to Washington Street in Orwigsburg carried U.S. Route 120 from 1926 to 1935 and U.S. Route 122 from 1935 to 1963.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Dauphin Susquehanna Township 0.0 0.0 North Front Street – Fort Hunter Park Former routing of US 22 / US 322
0.3 0.5 US 22 / US 322 – Lewistown, Harrisburg Interchange
Lebanon Union Township 24.6 39.6 PA 72 south to I-81 Northern terminus of PA 72
Schuylkill Pine Grove Township 32.5 52.3 I-81 – Hazleton, Harrisburg Exit 100 (I-81)
34.5 55.5 PA 645 (Geary Wolf Road) – Frystown Northern terminus of PA 645
Pine Grove 35.1 56.5 PA 895 (Wood Street) to PA 501 Western terminus of PA 895
35.7 57.5 PA 125 (Tulpehocken Street) to I-81 north Southern terminus of PA 125
Wayne Township 45.6 73.4 PA 183
Schuylkill Haven 49.1 79.0 PA 61 north (Center Avenue) Western terminus of concurrency
North Manheim Township 51.4 82.7 PA 61 south (Center Avenue) Eastern terminus of concurrency
East Brunswick Township 58.4 94.0 PA 895 west – Deer Lake Western terminus of concurrency
New Ringgold 59.8 96.2 PA 895 east Eastern terminus of concurrency
West Penn Township 66.4 106.9 PA 309 north Western terminus of concurrency.
67.4 108.5 PA 309 south Eastern terminus of concurrency
Carbon Lehighton 79.2 127.5 PA 902 (9th Street) Eastern terminus of PA 902
80.1 128.9 US 209 (Bankway/Forge Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2007

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing